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Things a Burglar Won't Tell You
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here
just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or
delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in
your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window
to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste...and taste means
there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always
make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I
might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes
you to remove it..
5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car
and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your
alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That
makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the
windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and
your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to
lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day
off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions
somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check
dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids'rooms.
12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where
you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm
system . If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of
town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the
flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at
14. If you buy a new expensive TV, please put the empty box out by your
trash in plain site, so I'll know you have something new and expensive
for me to steal.
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU
1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard.
Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to
never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise.
If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing
and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just
go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a
fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're
home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive
or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the
blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier
than you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a
way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I
hit the jackpot and walk right in.
FEMA ENCOURAGES WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
|With the winter
season approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
reminds individuals to be prepared for winter storms and extreme cold.
While the danger of severe winter weather varies across the country,
everyone can benefit by taking a few easy steps now to prepare for
emergencies. A first step, regardless of where you live, is to visit the
site to find preparedness ideas you can use all year long.
"Severe winter weather can strike at any time. Even areas that normally
experience mild winters can be hit with a major snowstorm or extreme
cold," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "I encourage everyone to
get an emergency supply kit, develop and practice a family emergency
plan and stay informed about emergencies that may affect your area.
Families can log onto
Ready.gov to learn more."
Severe winter weather can include snow or subfreezing temperatures,
strong winds and ice or heavy rain storms. An emergency supply kit both
at home and in the car will help prepare you and your family for winter
power outages and icy or impassable roads.
Both kits should include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra
flashlights and batteries. In addition, your home kit should include a
three day supply of food and water. Thoroughly check and update your
family's emergency supply kit and add the following supplies in
preparation for winter weather:
- Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
- Sand to improve traction on
driveways and sidewalks
- Snow shovels and other snow removal
- Adequate clothing and blankets to
help keep you warm.
Ensure your family preparedness plan and
contacts are up to date and exercise your plan. Learn about emergency
plans established in your area by state and local officials and make
sure your family plans and contacts are up to date.
Finally, make sure to familiarize yourself with the terms that are used
to identify a winter storm hazard and discuss with your family what to
do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Terms used to describe
a winter storm hazard include the following:
- Freezing Rain creates a coating of
ice on roads and walkways.
- Sleet is rain that turns to ice
pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to
freeze and become slippery.
- Winter Weather Advisory means cold,
ice and snow are expected.
- Winter Storm Watch means severe
weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or
- Winter Storm Warning means severe
winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.
For more information and winter
preparedness tips, please visit:
|Palos Park Public Health
and Safety Commissioner Dan Polk Reminds Everyone This Summer to Avoid
The best way to prevent West Nile encephalitis and other mosquito-borne
illnesses is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and
neighborhood and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Often, the number of mosquitoes in an
area can be reduced by removing sources of standing water around
residences. For example, hundreds of mosquitoes can come from water in a
single discarded tire. Local agencies should inform the public how to
prevent mosquito production around residences and how to prevent
mosquito bites. Individuals can reduce their risk by taking these
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans,
buckets, drums, bottles or any water-holding containers.
- Fill in or drain low places
(puddles, ruts, etc.) in the yard.
- Keep drains, ditches and culverts
free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
- Keep roof gutters free of leaves and
- Cover trash containers to keep out
- Repair leaky pipes and outside
- Empty plastic wading pools at least
once a week and store indoors when not in use.
- Unused swimming pools should be
drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
- Fill in tree rot holes and hollow
stumps that hold water.
- Change the water in birdbaths and
plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
- Store boats covered or upside down,
or remove rainwater weekly.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery
well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide
- Make sure ornamental ponds have fish
that eat mosquito larvae.
- Repair window screens.
- When outdoors in the evening or when
mosquitoes are biting, use personal protection measures to prevent
mosquito bites (proper use of insect repellent and appropriate
clothing). See the Department’s Web site for specific personal
|Help stop the influx and spread
of tree-killing pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long horned
Beetle and Sirex Wood Wasp
Palos Park Commissioner of Public Health and Safety Dan Polk reminds
everyone to join the effort to stop the influx and spread of
tree-killing pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long horned
Beetle and Sirex Wood Wasp by restricting the importation,
transportation and sale of untreated firewood. Many exotic pests can be
transported long distances unintentionally via human activity –
especially the hauling of firewood.
“These invasive pests and diseases have a
damaging effect, not only on the environment but also the economy,” Polk
said. “One of the easiest and most common ways for these pests to spread
is by the unintentional transportation of infested firewood.” Palos
Park’s effort is to emphasize and educate, to raise awareness of the
dangers of moving firewood.
Asian Long horned Beetles have a wide
range of preferred host trees. Most studies show that they prefer maple
trees of any species. Its other top choices include: birch, horse
chestnut, poplar, willow, elm, ash, hackberry, sycamore, mountain ash,
and London plane tree as well as many others.
If you suspect the Asian Long horned
Beetle anywhere in Illinois please contact: The Illinois Department of
Agriculture at 1-800-641-3934.
The emerald ash borer is a small,
metallic-green beetle native to Asia. Its larvae burrow into the bark of
ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. While the
beetle does not pose any direct risk to public health, it does threaten
the tree population. It is widely believed to be artificially spread by
moving infested firewood. A quarantine to prevent occurrences in
Illinois has been established in the 21 northeastern-most counties of
the state. Those counties include: the entire counties of Boone, Cook,
DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle,
Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Putnam, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford.
The quarantine prohibits the removal of the following items from the
- The emerald ash borer in any living
stage of development.
- Ash trees of any size.
- Ash limbs and branches.
- Any cut, non-coniferous firewood.
- Bark from ash trees and wood chips
larger than one inch from ash trees.
- Ash logs and lumber with either the
bark or the outer one-inch of sapwood, or both, attached.
- Any item made from or containing the
wood of the ash tree that is capable of spreading the emerald ash
- Any other article, product or means
of conveyance determined by the Illinois Department of Agriculture
to present a risk of spreading the beetle infestation.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SOLICITORS
Many people have difficulty dealing with door-to-door solicitors. The
first thing to remember is that you are in control of the situation. At
any time you can ask them to leave. Many people forget this important
fact or find it difficult to find a friendly way to ask them to leave.
This is an option in many situations; however, it is important to
remember that legally, you have the right to ask them to leave at any
- Check through a peephole or window
before opening your door to anyone.
- Steel yourself to be firm, although
it may feel impolite to say no.
- Consider carefully before inviting
solicitors into your home. It's much more difficult to rid yourself
-of them once they are inside; it's also potentially dangerous.
- Decide if you want to listen to
their spiel. Realize once you listen, it's once again harder to say
- Have a standard speech to turn away
fundraisers. For example, "I have my own charities that I -give to,
thank you very much."
- Prepare one for other situations. "I
have my own spiritual beliefs," or "I don't sign petitions without
- Thank them and say you must go. Then
close the door.
- Staying calm and polite always
leaves you in charge.
- Treat door-to-door solicitors as you
would any stranger, with caution and polite impartiality.
- If you have a chain lock, keep it
- Don't bring your purse to the door.
If you're giving, write your check or collect your cash in another
- Never let the solicitor know you're
alone, or give out any personal information.
- A slight bit of wariness is safe and
- Do not give them any information
pertaining to yourself or your neighbors.
- If at any time you feel that you are
in danger, please call 911. A police officer will be able to
determine if the solicitor is who they say they are or not.
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk is proud to announce that the
Palos Park Police Department will now have the capability to read Animal
Identification Chips. The AID reader was donated to the police
department by Avid Microchip Company which is one of the largest
microchip suppliers in the country.
“This will give us the opportunity to
quickly restore lost pets to their owners during nights and weekends
when veterinary offices are closed and unable to help us “, said Police
Chief Joe Miller.
The chip reader will also give the police
department the opportunity to reunite a lost pet with its homeowner,
instead of it being taken to the Animal Humane Society.
The Palos Park Police Department would
also like to remind pet owners to chip their pets, and to register the
chip with their local veterinarian.
ALL NICOR GAS EMPLOYEES WEAR IDENTIFICATION
Ask To See It Before Allowing Anyone Into Your
If you receive an unexpected visit from someone
stating he/she is an employee or contractor
working on behalf of Nicor Gas and wants to
enter your home, please request to see their
company-issued photo identification badge before
allowing them into your home.
The identification card features the employee’s
photo, name and the Nicor Gas logo on the front
side. The backside states the company’s address
and toll-free customer care telephone number, 1
Nicor Gas also wants to remind you that your
Nicor Gas account and meter numbers are
confidential. Therefore, in the event Nicor Gas
would need to contact you, our representatives
will already have access to this information.
If you choose to enroll in an alternative
supplier program, such as Customer Select,
please be careful to only share this information
with a supplier once you’ve decided to sign up
REMINDER TO HOME OWNERS
The police department is asking residents and home owners to beware of those offering to perform home repairs and improvements. This time of year always brings out the unscrupulous repair enterprises who will repair your winter damaged chimneys, broken gutters and down spouts, and even silicone seal your roof against leaks. Many businesses in our area are well known and
are excellent craftsmen. However, there are those who pass themselves off as qualified repair people and are only after your hard earned dollars.
Other types of repair cons include:
- Weather-stripping.... for those cold and drafty windows
- Insulation, because your heating bills are so high
- Driveway seal coating, to protect against cracking and deteriorating
- Basement waterproofing, for controlling damp basements
- And just about any other thing you can imagine.
Again, there are legitimate businesses and professionals who can
correctly identify a maintenance or home repair concern. These are people,
for example, who are listed in the YELLOW PAGES, or registered and
licensed with the Village. As wise and business savvy as we perceive
ourselves, con artists are expert at separating you from your money. Con
artists spend a great deal of time preparing to penetrate a community. In
other words, they do their homework. They will appeal to any weakness
possible. The law enforcement community tracks these con artists as they
move throughout the country.
For example, recent tornadoes and severe weather in the southern regions
of the U.S. has evidenced an increase in the activities of these types of
These are unscrupulous people. If it sounds
too good to be true, it probably is. Protect yourself by confirming the
legitimacy of the business, or by asking for references in the area.
Again, be aware of the fact that the Village requires businesses to be
licensed and insured. This requirement is a protection against
unprincipled businesses who are out to con you. If you are in
doubt as to the legitimacy of a business, call to confirm them as licensed
with the Village.
Palos Park Police
Department Firearm’s Safety Program “Putting a Lock on Safety in
Palos Park Police
Commissioner John Mahoney has announced that the Palos Park Police
Department will be participating in “Project Child Safe” a
nationwide program to help ensure safe and responsible firearms
ownership and storage, developed by the National Shooting Sports
Foundation and supported by a U.S. Department of Justice Grant.
residents are encouraged to stop by the Palos Park Police Department
at 8999 W 123rd Street and pick up a free Cable-style Gun
Lock. The Palos Park Police Department can also make arrangements
to drop off a gun lock if someone is unable to come into the police
center and pick up the gun lock. Call Chief Joe Miller for further
details at 708 671 3770.